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How to job search when you're a veteran
Business 2 Community
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall unemployment rate for Post-9/11 veterans in April was 7.5 percent. The unemployment rate for all veterans was 6.2 percent. Though this number has fallen from the 2012 average, which was was 9.9 percent, it's still a high number. As a veteran starting your job search, you’ll likely face some challenges. However, follow these tips and you'll have a smoother job searching experience.
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4 takeaways from Obama's speech to veterans
Stars and Stripes
President Barack Obama's speech to the recent Disabled American Veterans convention in Florida predictably covered a wide range of military and postmilitary topics. Here's a look at the biggest takeaways from the commander-in-chief's year's annual formal address to the veterans community.
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What the president didn't say to veterans
Stars and Stripes
From the "you can't make everyone happy all the time" files: President Barack Obama earned largely positive marks from veterans groups following his comments to the annual Disabled American Veterans convention in Florida, but a few points he left out of his 30-minute speech drew fire from the chairman of House Veterans Affairs Committee.
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Wall Street firm finds jobs for war veterans
Veterans Today
Ten years after he fought in the invasion of Iraq, Army veteran Joe Krulder was still fighting for his life at home. Krulder, 34, recapped his recovery from battle trauma and homelessness to a new career at a Wall Street firm that hires and trains war veterans for lucrative high-finance jobs. The firm, Drexel Hamilton, does not hire Harvard, Princeton and other Ivy League business graduates, it hires veterans instead.
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We must do more to position veterans for career success
The Hill
Our military veterans give up much of their lives to serve overseas. But too often, they come back with emotional distress and a tough transition back to civilian life. Along with trying to return to an everyday routine away from active duty, veterans face another hurdle: unemployment.
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Exelon Corporation, US Army partner to create job opportunities for veterans
Business Wire via DailyFinance
In an effort to help young Army soldiers get good jobs after they complete their military service, Exelon Corporation and the U.S. Army signed an agreement to partner in the Army Partnership for Youth Success program at a ceremony at the Pritzker Military Library.
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New Mexico to recruit veterans in tackling wildfires
The Associated Press via Military Times
In an effort to employ military veterans, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has plans to expand a program that will use veterans as firefighters during the wildfire season.

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Los Angeles County has highest population of homeless veterans
Glendora Patch
The country's top veterans affairs official has committed to ramping up funding to help Los Angeles County's more than 6,000 homeless veterans, local elected officials announced.

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Disability benefits forms streamline process
The Durango Herald
Disability benefits questionnaires are downloadable forms created for veterans to use in the evaluation process for disability claims.

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Obama assures disabled veterans they will get aid
The New York Times (subscriber article)
President Barack Obama recently assured thousands of disabled veterans that while the war in Afghanistan was ending, like the one in Iraq before it, the work of helping the wounded warriors of those conflicts "has only just begun."
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The grey twilight of Veterans' Preference
The Huffington Post
In 1944, in fulfillment of a promise made by this country to members of its armed forces, the Veterans' Preference Act was made the law of the land. That Act — its roots dating to the Revolutionary War and reaffirmed time and again through the decades that follow provides that certain military service — confers an entitlement to preferential treatment when an eligible veteran applies for a civilian position in the United States federal government. It is not a blanket entitlement.
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Airport screening about to become easier for veterans
The Associated Press via Military.com
It soon will be easier for wounded or disabled military service members and veterans to get through airport security screening, as White House officials say President Barack Obama plans to sign a bill to simplify this process.
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Obama introduces new PTSD, education programs
Military.com
President Barack Obama announced new research initiatives to combat post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injuries while also introducing a joint government-schools effort to help veterans succeed in college.
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Your financial aid options don't end with GI Bill
Military Times
What do you know about financial aid? Having military education benefits such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn't make you ineligible for other federal, state and local financial aid to help pay for college. Let's take a look at your options.
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VA reaches out to veterans about health care law
Veterans Today
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched an awareness campaign and a new website, www.va.gov/aca, to let veterans know what the Affordable Care Act means for them and their families. Veterans receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will see no change in their benefits or out-of-pocket costs when portions of the Affordable Care Act take effect next year.
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For military sexual-assault survivors, proposed reforms are only a start
National Journal via Government Executive
Brian Lewis was a determined 20-year-old petty officer, envisioning a long career of service after three years in the Navy. But that was before he was raped. In August 2000, after being assigned as a fire-control technician aboard the USS Frank Cable, a submarine tender out of Guam, a superior offered to provide career guidance over dinner. Later that night, in a remote area near some commercial fishing docks, the superior attacked the young petty officer, irrevocably changing his life.
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